Hey, New York Times! I don't think you got the memo from back in, what was it, 1997. Here it is again: Video games are not just toys for small children any more. Video games are like any other kind of entertainment media -- they are created for and marketed to varying and particular demographics and not all of them are little kids.
Just as there are "G" rated movies for kids and "R" rated movies for grownups, Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad Of Gay Tony is not going to be an appropriate stocking-stuffer for an eight-year-old girl.